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Travel Tip: Liaison Capitol Hill

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“The Hill” a nickname most commonly referred by most Washingtonians as The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, is an epicenter for change and reform for our Nation’s Capitol. Settled into the nearby surroundings of this districts landmark is The Affinia’s - Liaison Capitol Hill. A boutique hotel that has recently undergone a stylish modern renovation with a creatively designed and Wi-Fi operated lobby lounge. The Liaison Capitol Hill also offers a 24-hour operated cardio and weight training station, along with a complimentary bike program, affording guests the opportunity to maintain an active lifestyle while exploring the neighboring National Mile and Smithsonian. The hotel’s VIPaws program is specially designed to ensure that your pet will be not only welcome, but also comfortably accommodated to throughout the duration of their stay.

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Nestled within The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel lies The Art and Soul restaurant created by award winning celebrity Chef Art Smith in tandem with James Beard and executive Chef Wes Morton. Its interior exudes southern hospitality and warmth with subtle D.C regional influences. The warmer weather brings an additional opportunity for alfresco dining on the adjoining front-lit patio. Partnering with nearby family-owned businesses, The Art and Soul’s menu is seasonally inspired from a rich southern rooted influence in conjunction with local ingredients to bring patrons a robust meal of both flavor and quality. Planning on traveling with man’s best friend? Make sure to glance over the Pooch Patio Menu filled with raw bones, beef tips and gravy, a grilled 6-oz steak and the non-alcoholic Bowser Beer.

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This boutique hotel offers 340 newly renovated deluxe rooms and suites with modernly appointed interiors and amenities. Every room is appointed with a sleek workspace featuring wireless high-speed Internet connection, iHome docking station and flat screen HDTVs. Each Signature Affinia mattress is prepared on a Sealy Posturepedic Plush Sleep System using a three-sheet fitting process along with a pillow menu to ensure a restful nights sleep for all. The powder room within each room is stocked with Gilchrist and Soames Sprout products while in-room Spaffinia spa treatments are the perfect solution for obtaining a level of tranquility with the ease of a concierge call.

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The Liaison Capitol Hill property also boasts one of the largest urban rooftop pool and bar within the District of Columbia’s city limits. Providing ample opportunities to relax, unwind and cooldown. Visiting guests may take part in poolside morning yoga, enjoy a delivered lunch courtesy of The Art and Soul Restaurant or sip seasonal cocktails and handmade popsicles during their daily rooftop happy hour.

http://www.affinia.com

Travel Tip: Hotel Monaco | PHL

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Nestled within the heart of Philadelphia’s City Center and the Independence National Park lies a luxurious modern accommodation that uniquely reveals the cities rich historic past within its forward thinking interior. The Philadelphia Hotel Monaco successfully maintains its award-winning reputation set by its alliance of previous Kimpton properties. The landmarked property boasts a LEED gold certification from the U.S green building council, as well as four-star amenities, throughout. A hosted evening wine hour and continued InTouch Kimpton loyalty program provide a familiarity Kimpton guests have long preferred.

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The exterior facade of this inspired Greek revival creates an immediate presence of classic grandeur. Within the iconic Lafayette Building, the hotel features 268 boutique guest rooms that are adorned in modified early-period elements such as marble case pieces with carved column bases and monumental mirrors.  The hotel’s forward-thinking interior design is from the work of Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL Studio. Some of the favored interior elements include whimsical graphics, geometric patterns, historical quotes, tufted leather details, and metallic accents. Each room is fully equipped with flat panel LCDs, iHome docking stations, Frette linens, and soaking tubs with many of the rooms overlooking national landmarks of the Independence Historic National Park.

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Adjacent to Hotel Monaco is Red Owl Tavern, is a rustic 90-seat eatery with accompanying menu form Chef Guillermo Tellez. The restaurant’s interior showcases a modernized rural juxtaposition of exposed brick, steel girders and reclaimed wood which further compliments the menu’s prohibition-style cocktails and freshly grown procured carte du jour. An SLH Lifestyle + Concierge advised dish not to miss is the signature Red Owl Tavern Burger, perfectly constructed from a local dry-aged beef balanced with onion marmalade, gouda cheese, house-smoked bacon, with a fresh herb sauce and accompanying truffle fries.

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At the height of the hotel’s exterior rooftop lies The Stratus Lounge. A contrasting departure from Hotel Monaco’s interior, this transitional indoor/outdoor spot echoes the urban city, which encompasses it. Created by Los Angeles designer Gulla Jonsdottir, this cosmopolitan haven is highlighted by moveable walls, concrete floors, sumptuous textures, and a sleek granite bar, along with an adjoining deck and fireplace wall, providing the perfect backdrop for a sculptured flanked DJ booth. The venue provides carefully crafted cocktails prepared by Mixologist, Bess Gulliver. The Stratus Signature “Love Me” Cocktail is composed of Absolut house infused cucumber vodka, lime juice, mint and prosecco for a refreshing complement to the summer season ahead.

www.kimptonhotels.com

Design Tip : Spot On Accessories

The New Year often brings a sense of renewal. New goals will be set, and new chances will be taken. A personal sense of rebirth will often trickle into our living spaces. One of the most popular design questions we receive as a lifestyle management company is how an individual can redesign their spaces with a limited budget.

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One of the easiest ways to add new found visual interest in a space is through accessories. Home accessories bring life to a bland interior, together; it creates a sense mood while telling your story. Home accessories, unlike, investment pieces can be switched out frequently in an effort to refresh the space. They help to create an overall feeling of cohesiveness, personality and rhythm throughout the interior, without switching out larger scale or high-ticketed furnishings. The key is to create a compilation that gives a sense of an evolving collection over time. One way to do this is by incorporating organic and industrial elements or items that blend across multiple design styles.

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In honor of the New Year, The stylish minds at SLH Lifestyle + Concierge have gathered our curated picks for home accessories that can help to revitalize your current interior. The best part ? All of which are obtainable and can be found nationally at your local target store. If setting a new annual budget is in the cards for you this season, these home accessories will add newfound interest to your current space without breaking the bank.

Visit www.target.com for Savy Stylish Finds!